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March
Double Trouble Village Walking Tours
Call for arrangements & program fees
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Individual or group historic village walking tours may be scheduled in advance for most weeks Wednesday through Sunday.  Elementary school and secondary school science and social studies field trips or outreach programs may be arranged. 

Lusscroft Farm Maple Sugarin's Open House
Date and time to be determined
FREE; donations appreciated
Lusscroft Farm
www.lusscroftfarm.org
(973) 875-4800 (High Point State Park Office)
Sponsor: Heritage and Agriculture Association
Maple sgarin' demonstrations and fresh syrup for sale

March 1
Hike-to-Brunch & Books
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, children free (brunch additinal);pre-registration required
Augusta Hill Road/Sussex Branch Trail
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 10 & up.Join us for a 4-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour brunch at the Branchville Grill & book stop at Broad Street Books will offer optional refreshment and inspiration at the turn-around point

March 2
Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445
For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

March 3
Video - Living with Fire
10 a.m.
FREE
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Produced by the NJ Forest Fire Service, this half hour video shows the historic impact of forest fires on the Pine Barrens and methods used to prevent and combat wildfires.  Video plays in Village Interpretive Center Museum Display Room.  Limited seating.

Nature in Winter Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
Fee: $2 per person for the walk, $5 [er person to borrow snowshoes
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Winter can be a quiet time, but there’s still lots to explore. While on the trail we’ll look for tracks and signs of wintering wildlife, observe dormant trees, plants, insects, and much more. Whether we go by boot or by snowshoe will depend on the weather. Adults/Children ages 7 and up. Registration is required. A limited number of snowshoes (child and adult sizes) are available for use during these walks, and must be reserved in advance. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov to register for these walks and to reserve your snowshoes by 4:00 PM the Friday before the walk or call 973-875-1471. Locations will vary.

The History of High Point State Park
2 to 3 p.m.
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Join us in the Interpretive Center for an illustrated talk about the history of High Point State Park. High Point's natural beauty and resources have made it a destination for more than 150 years, and while many things have changed, people still visit for many of the reasons they did generations ago. Come hear some of the stories about this historic landscape, and see photos and documents from our archives. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

Bird Walk at Spruce Run Recreation Area
8 a.m.
FREE
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Tower Lot
(908) 638-8572
Sponsor: Hunterdon Bird Club
Join Hunterdon Bird Club for a guided bird walk in Spruce Run. For addtional information - HunterdonBirdClub on Facebook.

Maple Sugaring
1 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the proceudres of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, a demonstration and taste sample.

March 4
Hoot, Hoot the Owls of Cheesequake
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
For children ages 8 and up. ADA accessible. The silent predators prowl the night for a delectable meal. Join us at the Nature Center to learn more about th eOwl's of NJ. We'll dissect anowl pellet an didsocver what types of prety these birds prefer.


Walking Tour of the Battlefield
1:30 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Visitor Center
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield


Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the proceudres of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, a demonstration and taste sample.


March 7
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445

For adults.Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards
.

March 8
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program
.

March 9
Fledgling Naturalists
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program
.

March 10
Lecture - Wny We All Should Care About NJ's Ospreys
1 p.m.
FREE
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Interpretive Center
Sponsor: Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
http://www.friendsofbarnegatlighthouse.org/
ADA accessible

Nature Hike
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Meet at the office for a 3.5 mile hike on East Creek Trail.

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, a demonstration and taste sample.

March 11
Wetlands Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
For ages 9 and up. Join us at the Nature Center to explore the wetlands of Cheesequake.

Maple Sugaring
1:30 to 3 p.m.
FREE; advanced registration required
Washington Crossing State Park, Nature Center
(609) 737-0609
This event is a participatory demonstration in the proceudres of home maple sugar production. Program will include a lecture, short hike, a demonstration and taste sample.

March 14

Wednesday Walk in the Woods
9 a.m.
Bass River State Forest

Moderate - paced hike, 3 – 5 miles, bring drink and lunch
Free; donations are welcome
609.296.6574 ( trip leader )
Severe weather cancels


Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445

For adults.Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

March 15
Early Bird Breakfast Club
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
FREE; breakfast additional, pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Warbasse Junction trailhead parking area
(973) 786-6445

For adults. Have an appetite for the outdoors? Let’s get ready for spring with a 2.5-mile round-trip walk along the historic Sussex Branch Trail. A one-hour breakfast at the Millside Café in Lafayette will energize us for the return trip.

March 16
Public Skywatch
7:30 p.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Sponsor: South Jersey Astronomy Club
Held on the Athletic Field near Lake Nummy, back up date: March 17th, ADA accessible

Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445

For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

March 17
St. Patrick's Day Hike
1 p.m.
FREE; pre-registration required
D&R Canal State Park, Six Mile Run Reservoir Site
(609) 924-5075
Go in search of some green onthis St. Patrick's Day on a hike with the naturalist of D&R Canal State Park.

"Cabin Fever" Discovery Hike
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 and up; $3 ages 6 to 11; children under 6 are free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445

For all ages. Join us for a 2-mile naturalist-guided hike to explore the trails and observe the plants and animals of Kittatinny Valley State Park.

Here Comes the Sun
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 for ages 12 and up; $1 for ges 6 to 11
Round Valley Recreation Area, South Parking Lot
(908) 236-6355
Days are longer, St. Patrick's Day greets us, and Spring is just days away. Nothing says spring better than returning bluebirds. Get a bird house plan and hardware (you provide the wood) and invite these messengers of Spring to live close by.

March 18
Program on "Molly Pitcher at Monmouth"
2 p.m.
FREE
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
(732) 462-9616
Sponsor: Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
ADA accessible

March 20
Spring Equinox Hike to Lunch: Double S Smokehouse
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 adults, pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445

For adults. Emerge from winter hibernation and join our park naturalist on a 6-mile round-trip hike along the historic Sussex Branch Trail to rediscover the beauty of spring.

March 21
Wednesday Walkers
9 to 10 a.m.
FREE
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445

For adults.Start your day off right with a brisk walk to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, and soak in the tranquility of the season in companionship with fellow walkers. Complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments served afterwards.

March 22
Fledgling Naturalists
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

L'il Tykes Spring Hike
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445

For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack. No strollers or older siblings please!

March 23
Fledgling Naturalists
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $5 per adult/child pair; $2 for additional siblings age 2 to 5
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
For 2.5 to 5 year olds and an adult partner. Fledgling Naturalist programs are designed to encourage young children’s curiosity, engaging them hands-on in the natural world through seasonally-themed activities, stories, games, and crafts. New this season: Arrive any time between 1:00 and 1:30 for free play and coffee (provided). Story time and the rest of the program begins at 1:30. To register call the Interpretive Center at 973-875-1471 or email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov. Children over the age of five may not attend, and each adult may bring a maximum of two children (not including infants and with possible exceptions for parents of multiples). Registration is required by 4:00 PM the day before the program.

Beginner Yoga
5 to 6 p.m.
Fee: $10 pre-registration; $15 day of/walk in
Kittatinny Valley State Park
(973) 786-6445

For adults. Wind down your busy week with Hatha yoga. This class will help you develop strength and flexibility while relaxing your body and quieting your mind with guided meditation, gentle stretching, easy postures, and breathing techniques. Yoga mats & props provided.

March 24

Dog Walk
9 a.m. to  12:30 p.m.
Bass River State Forest

Moderate - paced hike, 3 – 5 miles, bring drink and lunch
Free; donations are welcome
Pre-registration required, limit 15 dogs
609.296.6574 ( trip leader )
Note; Dog not required to attend hike
Severe weather cancels


Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Craft
10 a.m.
FREE
Belleplain State Forest
(609) 861-2404
Easter Egg Hunt will be held in the picnic area at Lake Nummy, refreshments and crafts will be in the conferene room located at the Forest Office. ADA accessible.

Cedar Creek Watershed Walk
10 a.m. to noon
Fee: Adults and children 12 & up $6; children 6 to 11 $3, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
(732) 341-4098
Double Trouble State Park plays an integral part in protecting the Cedar Creek Watershed.  Join us for a 2.5 mile walk over sandy trails around the Double Trouble Historic District as we view Cedar Creek from numerous locations and see how this fresh water was the lifeblood for two Pinelands industries.  Limited to 16 participants. Fee required by 3 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Brendan Byrne State Forest office, 609-726-11191. Payment cannot be accepted at Double Trouble.

Vernal Pond Walk
10:30 a.m. to noon
FREE
High Point State Park
(973) 875-1471
Vernal ponds, unique temporary wetlands, are the breeding grounds for a number of amphibians and other aquatic species. Join us for a short introduction at the Park Office, and then we’ll travel to a handful of High Point’s ponds for a first-hand look at these fascinating habitats. This program will include both walking (a mile or less) and driving (approximately five miles). We will also be walking off-trail so sturdy mud-resistant shoes are recommended. Adults and children ages eight and up. Please email highpointprograms@dep.nj.gov or call 973-875-1471 to confirm date and time.

The Nature of Vernal Pools
11 a.m. to noon
Fee: $5 adults and children 12 an dup; $3 children ages 9 to 11; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults and children ages 9 & up; ADA accessible. Learn all about New Jersey’s awesome amphibians, then explore a vernal pool to meet its inhabitants and discover how you can help protect this unique and vital resource.

Nature Craft Saturday Fish Printing
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $3 per person, materials fee, spaces are limited, pre-registration required
Spruce Run Recreation Area, Park Office
(908) 638-8572
sprucerun@dep.nj.gov 
ADA accessible. Learn some of the ocmmon fish found in the reservoir. We will make prints with paint on paper or you can bring a plain t-shirt or pillow case to make prints on. Payment is required by 2 pm Thursday, March 22 at the Spruce Run office.

March 25
Seasonal Hike
1 p.m.
FREE
Cheesequake State Park, Nature Center
(732) 566-3208
Join us at the Nature Center to explore the wetlands of Cheesequake.

March 29
L'il Tykes Spring Hike
4 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, children under 6 free; pre-registration required
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Visitor Center
(973) 786-6445
For adults with children ages 5 & under. Share some time with your little one in the Great Outdoors on this naturalist-guided, 1-mile hike. Babies must be carried in a front- or back-pack.  No strollers or older siblings please!


 

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